Home, garden show moves from Vacaville to Fairfield, expands festival

By From page A3 | August 12, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A major home and garden show moves this fall from a massive tent in Vacaville to indoors in Fairfield and expands a harvest festival to tie in with the season.

The Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival takes place Oct. 18-20 at 300 Chadbourne Road, site of the former Walmart store and current site of Specialty Sales Classics. The venue boasts more than 50,000 square feet of show space.

This fall’s offering will feature a larger food court, live bands and other entertainment, a sports bar with 60-inch flat screen televisions and a margarita lounge for those 21 and older, according to a press release from JN Productions, which puts on the show and festival.

New festival attractions include a kids corral, jump houses, paintball, face painting and games, according to the release. A harvest pumpkin patch and a scarecrow contest round out the festival.

Local Boy Scouts will build pinewood derby cars and race them on a track, according to the release.

The home and garden show is expected to feature more than 300 exhibitors, contractors, landscapers and local arts and crafts vendors, JN Productions states in the release. Live cooking demonstrations are also planned.

Those who shop at Home Depot in Fairfield and Vacaville can get a discount coupon to save on the cost of admission, according to the release. Discount coupons are also available at the Food Court at the Solano Town Center mall.

A partnership with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano allows people to exchange two cans of food for discounted admission, according to the release. Seniors will received discounted admission Oct. 18.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Musical performances are planned from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19.

For more information, visit www.vacavilletotalhomeshows.com.

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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • Rich GiddensAugust 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

    It's truly appalling to see these California neighborhoods where one home looks attractive and the ones next to it look horrible. I see too many nasty looking rental properties where tenants won't lift a finger to maintain a property. Worse, many tenants are dismantling and repairing cars, trucks and boats spreading oil and other petro-chemicals onto and staining driveways and streets. The authorities are grossly inefficient at stopping and mitigating blight and neighborhood nuisances. They parse words, lie, engage in biased policing and seek the path of least resistance as they demand even more tax money. The no-gooders are not interested in making neighborhoods look good and your cop slugs aren't either. It all adds up to dried up lawns, shrubbery and grown covers, oil stained driveways, loose pit bulls, hoarders, junk cars, boats and trucks surrounding homes. It looks bad and reflects poorly on your communities. As Rush Limbaugh condemns the City of Rio Vista and openly mocks it, so do I with Suisun City.

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  • S KAugust 12, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    What I've got to say is, if there is not enough room at the old WalMart location, it can expand over to the supposed NEW WalMart location. I have driven by there twice in the last maybe couple of months, and IMO, it appears that THAT project has come to a grinding halt no matter what we may be told. Opening by June 2014??? I don't see it. There isn't one piece of construction machinery or material on the ground. Looks to me like WalMart has pulled out. But only time will tell. I would not bet money on that store EVER OPENING, not with Fairfield's almost a stones throw away.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 12, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    We go to all the home and garden shows because it is something fun to do and we have found many great deals for our home projects. What we have also found is that if you don’t get there early (like when they open), you will see how quickly parking is hard to find and they get so crowded you can't fall down! Vacaville like Suisun always seems to choose or create very nice events and they do them well. Part of their success in my opinion is that their venues are comfortable, clean and inviting. I’m sorry to say as a 30 + yr resident of this city, Fairfield is sorely lacking in that department. Too bad we don’t have better place than that dump out there, not sure that is representative of the image we want to project? The Harvest Festival will be an added bonus but the downside could be traffic and parking nightmare. I’m not sure this is a good idea. Hope it works out but I have my doubts.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 12, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Hey S K! In the interest of common sense and self preservation, I don't like the idea of that store going in. I had no say but I'm saying it is a terrible idea. In fact I'll guarantee the addition of store number two in that location will doom one or the other to failure. When is anyone's guess, but it will happen sooner than later. As far as construction goes, once they start it goes really fast.

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  • S KAugust 12, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    CD>>You're probably correct that one of the stores will probably not make it, after all, even though I am for it, being way closer for me, and since we lost our Ace hardware to the greed of the HIGH rents I ASSUME in that Raley's center, I may be able to locate some of my needs at that WalMart. But it still looks to me as the project is dead from the sites appearance. Maybe the powers that be at WallyWorld realized two of them that close is pointless.

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  • SJAugust 13, 2013 - 9:51 am

    All I heard were complaints as to what the future holds! Who cares if the garden show isn't a sucess? Who cares if the new Walmart never comes in.Instead of complaining...help with a resolution to the issues, but you all must have a crystal ball & can forsee the future. You must be very sad people in order to only see negative things down the road! Sorry for ALL of you.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 13, 2013 - 11:33 am

    SJ, HUH? I have to say that I am probably one of the happiest most well-adjusted people you will ever meet. I'm not sure but you seem to have mistaken some fairly good presumptions and changed them to negative thinking? Just commenting on what I believe will happen. Am I interested in the Home Show/Harvest Festival? Sure, I might check it out, but I still think it's a bad idea.

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